I think in this case I should be able to translate יפות As nice. You don't typically say someone's ties are beautiful or pretty, :)
Not necessarily. Not that I'm speaking on behalf of all men here, but I, myself have several ties that I feel pretty good about. One of my brothers at my local congregation has seen my various ties that I wear to שבת services, and has complimented me on many of them. Thus, I have an example in him of one who the statement might be heard from, "his ties are nice."